The Bamboo Project

July 30, 2013 by nohandsbutours adoption situations, Children Who Wait, Desiree, Down syndrome 3 Comments

Guest post by Desiree from The Adoption Seed

My sweet boy is amazing in a thousand incredible ways. Every day I am in awe of the miracle of his little life — that he lives and breaths and is thriving despite what his genetics & his culture had pre-destined for him. His evening dance-offs in the mirror are proof he’s got this living-life-to-the-fullest thing wrapped around his little finger! And the awesomeness of the Gospel lived out in adoption. We are redeemed! Desired, sought after, rescued and loved by a Perfect Father. That I am daily reminded of my Father’s love for me as I get to love my little boy… sometimes it is more than I can handle.

Isaac was one of the first orphaned children with Down syndrome deemed ‘adoptable’ by the adoption authorities of his home country. It makes me sick to even type that because I understand historically what has been in store for the sweet ones stamped ‘unadoptable’… my heart breaks to think of what happens there, and even here in my own advanced, first-world country as 92% of parents who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome choose not to welcome their babies into the world. When was this horrible lie told that an extra chromosome is ugly and a burden to society and does not deserve to exist among us?! Just look at my sweet boy and the JOY that shines through his face…

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But there IS hope…
Isaac’s home country has recently decided to ‘trial’ adopting out children with Down syndrome and contacted Bethany Christian Services, our adoption agency, to find forever homes for fourteen children with Down syndrome. Bethany contacted us and Isaac and I have gotten to act as ‘consultants’ as Bethany has been working to develop a program to advocate for these beauties… which has been super exciting by the way! The Bamboo Project is now in full swing believing that “there is hope for bamboo (tree), if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease!” (Job 14:7). These are the sweet lovies that need a forever home:

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We have an opportunity to help bring these precious ones home and give them the love and care they can thrive with… just like Isaac… and to pray open the flood gates of Down syndrome adoption in that country. Would you like to be a part of this amazing work?? There are three things that can be done immediately:
If you or someone you know has a soft heart toward welcoming Down syndrome into their home through adoption, pass along this info and contact china@bethany.org These sweethearts have not received the love and medical care that is essential to a healthy, thriving life. The sooner we can bring them home the better, so spread the word! Let’s get these kids HOME!

There will be special funding available for these adoptions, but the adoption process can still be very expensive. If you would like to financially support these adoptions, you can provide an amazing blessing to the families bringing these children home. And it’s tax deductible to you! Contact china@bethany.org to donate. Every $5, $10 and $100 gift helps!

Prayer coverage is essential. Please pray for:

— For these fourteen sweet children. They are SO very precious, loved & wanted and their worlds are about to turn up-side-down as they enter their forever famliies. Pray for our Father’s HOPE to overwhelm them and that fear, anxiety, sickness and confusion would be FAR from them. Pray that roots of love would indeed grow deep in each of their hearts and that they would remain healthy & safe.
— For love and wisdom for the caregivers over these little ones. That the children would receive compassion & tenderness through them.
— For the potential forever families. I am convinced that there are already 14 families out there with a stirring in their hearts towards welcoming a child with Ds into their homes through adoption. Pray for open hearts and the faith to step out into this wonderful journey.
— For the doors to open wide in Isaac’s home country. That there would be no political or bureaucratic hindrances to this process. And ultimately that the Bamboo Project will be a clear testimony in that country of our Father’s plan for redemption.
— Most importantly for the Lord’s will to be done perfectly and in His timing.

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Thank you for standing up for these little ones and declaring: you are worthy and loved and wanted and we will NOT leave you as orphans! (John 14:18)



3 Responses to “The Bamboo Project”

  1. Melissa Tilton says:

    This brought me to tears and is so very exciting news. We are in process of adopting a little girl with DS from Shenzhen City, SWI. We hope to bring her home in the spring. Thank you for what you are doing in advocating for these precious ones. We will be in prayer with you and once are adoption is funded we will support this group.

  2. Jennifer McIntyre says:

    These children are so precious! Is there a way to keep updated on their status? I am particularly smitten with “Naomi”

  3. Tiffiny Harrington says:

    We are in the process of adopting one of these children, as are two other families. But the rest of the children are available. We pray more families step forward!

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